Columbia Law School professor Tim Wu is generally credited as having popularized the notion of net neutrality over the past decade. And in an interesting story about him in The New York Times, Jeff Sommer reveals an unlikely source of inspiration for Wu's work: an Atlanta strip club.
That's not to say the seedy establishment sparked some sort of epiphany about web freedom, but rather that a visit Lu did not take there steered him toward his future work. As Sommer explains, Lu spent the early 2000s working for a Silicon Valley startup that sold large routers capable of squelching or prioritizing web traffic; China was big on the technology. But when Lu's colleagues suggested they all hit a strip club in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks, he realized he needed to find a more meaningful pursuit.
"I wondered how I'd gotten there," he told the Times. "I realized that what we'd been doing all those months was abhorrent."
Lu ultimately got back in touch with an old Harvard professor, Lawrence Lessig, who advised him to write a paper about his musings on web freedom. The paper's title: A Proposal for Network Neutrality.
When former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) took down Donald Trump in a heated exchange over eminent domain during Saturday night's debate in New Hampshire, Trump literally shushed him in retaliation.
On Monday morning, Bush broke down the incident on Fox & Friends. Should Trump win the Republican Party's nomination, the hosts asked Bush to imagine the billionaire shushing potential Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
"You think he's gonna shush Hillary Clinton?" Bush said. "I mean, c'mon. He would lose."
Bush, who hasn't fared well in the race thus far, is still betting his "slow and steady" philosophy will win out over Trump.
"You can't say the things he says. You can't disparage people. You can't divide the nation and expect to win," Bush said. "This is a reality TV show for him. He views it as a form of entertainment, I think."
On Sunday, a male leopard walked into the Vibgyor International School in Bangalore, India, and it did not want to be caught. In the 10 hours it took to tranquilize the 8-year-old cat, the leopard mauled six people trying to capture it, including a conservation scientist, a forester, and a TV cameraman. None of the injuries were serious. "It was a long struggle to capture the leopard," said police official S Boralingaiah. "Although it was injected with tranquilizers it could be captured only around 20:15 local time when the medication took full effect." India has a leopard population of 12,000 and 14,000, the BBC reports, and the big cats occasionally wander into civilization, especially as humans encroach on their habitat. Watch the leopard refuse to be sedated in the video below. Peter Weber
President Obama asked Congress on Monday for more than $1.8 billion in emergency funding to fight the Zika virus, The Associated Press reports. The money would be used to expand mosquito control programs, support low-income women, and develop a vaccine and diagnostic test.
The World Health Organization has declared the mosquito-borne virus a public health emergency. It's thought to be linked to a birth defect called microcephaly, which is marked by abnormally small heads.
In his post-Super Bowl special, Stephen Colbert asked Fox News star Megyn Kelly why her network is feuding with Donald Trump. "Trump has been on Fox News 140 times in the past year, so we're not feuding with him," she said. "But he does have a beef with me." That wasn't news to Colbert (or anyone), and he read one of Trump's unkind tweets about her, asking Kelly if she'd like to reply in kind. Kelly declined, but she did have a question she said she really wants to ask him.
"He recently said that his supporters are so devoted to him that he said he could go in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone, and he wouldn't lose a single voter," Kelly said. "In response to which I want to ask him, 'Were you talking about me?'" Luckily, the Fox News studios are on Sixth Avenue. Watch Kelly explain her "beef" with Trump below. Peter Weber
The city of Guangzhou knows how to properly ring in a 21st century Chinese New Year — complete with dancing drones and robots. During this weekend's Spring Festival Gala, 540 robots and 29 drones put on the moves to the words of singer Sun Nan, who "crooned about China catapulting itself to the peak of the world," Shanghaiist reports.
The Chinese Spring Festival Gala is the most-watched music festival on earth. This year, the entire show lasted over four and a half hours with Shanghaiist deeming the robot portion the "absolute highlight."
It is something you have to see to believe. Watch the technological spectacle, below. Jeva Lange
Volkswagen plans to offer generous compensation to up to 600,000 U.S. customers who own diesel vehicles involved in the German automaker's emission-test cheating scandal, the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported Sunday. The paper quoted veteran compensation mediator Kenneth Feinberg, head of the VW claims fund, as saying that the company still had not decided who would be offered cash, vehicle buy-backs, fixes, or new vehicles. VW on Friday postponed the release of its 2015 earnings as it tried to determine the full cost of the scandal. Harold Maass
Former President George W. Bush made his first public appearance campaigning for Jeb Bush in New Hampshire and South Carolina on Sunday — in a Super Bowl ad. Crowdfunded by the super PAC Right to Rise, Bush's 30-second spot aired locally during the second half of the game between the Broncos and the Panthers, The Associated Press reports.
"I know Jeb. I know his good heart and his strong backbone," the former president says, adding that he believes the younger Bush has the experience and judgment to keep America safe.
Good results in New Hampshire and South Carolina's primaries are critical for Jeb Bush, who was all but forgotten in the Iowa caucuses. He currently holds 9.7 percent of support in the Granite State, according to Real Clear Politics, which places Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump ahead of him.
Watch the ad, below. Jeva Lange